Five books to read before starting medical school | Education | The GuardianEditor's note: Over the last several months, numerous young Scope readers have inquired about which books they should be reading to prepare for a potential future in medicine. It was the summer after my freshman year of college and I was volunteering in an outpatient pediatric ward. In the span of a week, I had seen two babies die. A newborn died of complications from seizures right in front of me, and a two week old baby died of malnutrition as we watched him wither away in an incubator. I lay in bed the next day and looked around my rented tropical room for distraction. It is a compilation of stories, each chapter written by a doctor in a different specialty discussing his or her most memorable patient.
Five books to read before starting medical school
I am frequently asked how to prepare for medical school interviews. As many schools are moving to the multiple mini interview MMI format, a lot of interviewing well involves thinking on your feet and efficiently articulating your perspective. One of the best ways to prepare for medical school interviews, and in fact a career in medicine , is to read. To help current and future applicants prepare, I thought I would share some of my favorite books about medicine with ProspectiveDoctor readers. Here is a list of my 15 books for medical school applicants:. If you have other books about medicine that you would like to recommend to ProspectiveDoctor, please e-mail me at emilysinger prospectivedoctor.
I will be starting medical school in September. With a few weeks of holiday ahead, I am cramming in some reading before I start the course. But I'm not just reading textbooks: I think there are certain types of books that help strengthen motivation, and crucially, develop a better understanding of the people we'll be caring for — because doctors deal with people, not just anatomy. I have put together a list of five books that I am finding helpful in preparing myself for medical school. Granger is a doctor specialising in geriatric medicine, but she is also a terminally ill cancer patient.
General Education. One of the best ways to learn about your future career is to read about it. As a pre-med student, books about medicine can help you prepare for medical school, but they can also introduce you to what it really means to care for your patients. This list includes everything from MCAT prep books to grisly--but educational! Up until the mid-Victorian period, surgery was often tantamount to a death sentence. That all changed thanks to Joseph Lister, a British surgeon who pioneered the field of germ theory. These books are guaranteed to help you understand the history of medicine better